In addition to what I mentioned earlier there is of course the suitability for suspending large baits but I never associate float fishing for perch with the resistance problems I sometimes think of when fishing a free running lead.
This is typically how I 'hang' my floats off the rod tip when fishing the nearside drop off and when the fish finally commits it's off and running on the 'pin quite happily until I strike.
I do this because I fish a large water an awful lot and even on flat calm days like below the tow can be quite something and it's an easy way of counteracting it without laying lead on the bottom which could drag on a take and put the fish off...
I would much rather float leger than have to lay shot on the deck, I think it's more free running.
I think larger baits like worms also mask any resistance in the weight of the float and shot.
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Originally Posted by S-Kippy
But is that additional buoyancy not counter productive in that it provides increased resistance ? Or is that offset by the advantage of having a float that resists the "false" bites ? I can see why you might want to wait a bit when fishing a big old "blackbird's fancy" but do you not run the risk of the bait being dropped due to the extra resistance ? Or are perch not quite as resistance averse as we are lead to believe ?
I ask because I've heard of a local lake that's got a few big perch in and I half fancy a go at them.
How do you shot them too ? Bulk and a dropper ?
Sorry Skip I was typing my earlier post as you posted but I think I've probably answered in part.
I tend to bulk shot around two thirds of the way down and a single dropper halfway below that, I occasionally get aborted takes but put that down more to the fish just being a bit non-committal on the day.
I think resistance and perch is an issue in general but I don't think that a bobber represents that much when balanced as a shotted rig in the water.